For jigsaw puzzle collectors, cutters, and enthusiasts
2018 Puzzle Parley & AGPI Convention
July 13-15
Rochester NY.
Make your reservations now!
The Doubletree Hotel
1111 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY

Room rate of $119/night (not including taxes). This rate applies from Wednesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 15. Make your reservations early! The room rate and availability of rooms is subject to a cutoff date of June 11, 2018.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling 585-475-1510 or 800-222-TREE or using the link

Mention Group Block Code: AGP

While you're in the area...

This year we are combining the Puzzle Parley with the AGPI (Association of Games and Puzzle International) Convention. If you are not familiar with the AGPI, it is an organization whose members are interested in all types of Games, Jigsaw Puzzles or Mechanical Puzzles. Many past Parley attendees are members. (The site also has more detailed information on the combined event.)

We have chosen Rochester NY as the location for this event because of the Strong Museum of Play. Some of the events will be held at the museum. Among its collections are the Anne Williams Puzzle Collection, our own Exchange Puzzles from past Parleys and the AGPC (now AGPI) "South Carolina" puzzles.

The main event will be held Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. There are optional events planned for Thursday July 12. (The Thursday day tour leaves the hotel in the morning so plan your travel accordingly, see below.). The Parley will be hosting separate and shared events with the Association of Games and Puzzles International. There will be plenty of opportunities for puzzling as well as our regular sales, educational, sharing, swapping, and other activities. We hope to start earlier than usual (around noon) on Friday with a visit to the Strong National Museum of Play and special VIP tours to sections not open to the public. The event will end around 11 on Sunday morning in time for hotel checkout and any traveling Sunday afternoon.

The Program so far...
  • Bob Armstrong - "Dickens in Puzzles"
  • Bob Murch - "History of Ouija and Talking Boards"
  • Antori Pancco - "Cutting Jigsaw Puzzles from Acrylics"
  • Judy Peterson - "How to Design a Jigsaw Puzzle If You Can't Draw"
  • Anne Williams - "A Field Guide to Jigsaw Puzzle Identification"
  • Mark Tschida - "Making Wood Puzzles Using Veneers"
  • Chris Yates - "The Making of 'Baffler' Puzzles"
  • TBD - "All Fair Games"
After Dinner Speaker
  • Chris Bensch - "A Curator's Day at the Strong Museum"
Sunday Morning
  • Lisa Lee - Workshoop on Restoring Old Puzzles
  • Panel Discussion - "Today's Game and Puzzle Market"
And even more fun...
  • Pagey Elliott Puzzle Exchange - Hear from each puzzle maker how they designed and made this year's entry.
  • Show and Tell - Bring something to show to the group. The theme this year is "Upstate New York Games and Puzzles", but items are not limited to just that.
  • Raffle - Hand cut puzzles, vintage games and puzzles, replacement-piece certificates and much more
  • Auction - New for the Puzzle Parley, but a fun staple for the AGPI filled with unexpected treasures.
  • Puzzle and Game sales as usual on Saturday afternoon.
  • Puzzling and Gaming every evening at the hotel, until whenever.
Thursday Daytime Activities July 12th

Option 1 Day Tour: An all day bus trip of Buffalo and Niagara Falls on Thursday, July 12th. The center piece of this year's pre-convention tour is a tour of Buffalo Games. Buffalo Games is known for its quality puzzles and interesting games. The tour will also take in other sites in Buffalo (such as the Anchor Bar ‒ the original home of Buffalo Wings and the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum ‒ ) as well as a Niagara Falls visit. Those who wish will have an opportunity to take a boat ride to the base of the falls on the Maid of t he Mist (extra $17.35). If you want to participate on the tour, you will need to arrive at the hotel on Wednesday, July 11th, as the bus leaves for Buffalo Thursday morning at 9 a.m. sharp. The cost of the tour is $55 per person. There is a limit of 56 for the trip. Space is reserved on a first come first serve basis. If the tour fills up, those still interested will be placed on a waiting list.

Option 2 Reseach Opportunity: The Strong National Museum of Play is making their Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play available on Thursday, July 12th to a limited number of members interested in doing research ( This is a unique opportunity to access information and items in their collection. For those wanting to do research for an article in the Quarterly or On the Table – here's your chance.

Thursday Evening Activities July 12th

Informal Dinner. For those interested, we are planning an informal dinner gathering Thursday evening. Here is an opportunity to get together with friends – old and new – to catch up on what has happened over the past year. The intent is for those expressing an interest in such an informal gathering, to gather as a group and dine at a local establishment in the vicinity of the hotel. (Those on the bus tour will be back to the hotel around 6 p.m. – in time for the dinner gathering)

There are two possibilities for later Thursday evening.
Escape Rooms. The Rochester Area has several Escape Rooms where a group of daring souls are placed into a room, and have to solve a series of puzzles to get themselves free before time expires. Folks who express an interest in such an activity would meetat the hotel after dinner and travel to a nearby site to attempt this challenge.
Puzzling and Gaming at the Hotel. The second activity is puzzling and gaming in a room we have reserved at the hotel for Thursday through Saturday. evenings. Attendees are encouraged to bring puzzles or games to share with everyone. It is also a good chance for cutters to have people sample their wares.

Friday Daytime Activities July 13th

On Friday, July 13th, the Strong National Museum of Play is offering complimentary admission instead of the usual charge of $17 per person. Convention and Parley events will be ongoing there as well. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cutting demonstrations starting at 11 a.m.. Professional puzzle makers will demonstrate how to cut jigsaw puzzles, answer questions, give how-to tips. There will be two VIP tours of the Museum at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for our group, and led by Strong Museum curators. Each tour will see Museum exhibits, hidden gems in the storage areas, and the Library with its unmatched archives on the history of games and puzzles.

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